Why it’s So Important to Give Back

The name “49er” honors those who moved across the country to dig in the Gold Rush from 1848 to 1855. These miners were looking to become rich from the gold they found while providing for their families. This is a representation of what being a Charlotte 49er means. We are looking to find our gold by leaving an impact on the surrounding area. It is a great honor and privilege to be a part of a prestigious institution.

Giving Back to the Community

My peers and faculty encourage students to donate their time. Upholding the gold standard of giving back is our responsibility, and it allows us to take pride in our university. Showing school spirit is done as stewards of the community. I have found ways to give back, allowing me to bring a positive light to Charlotte. As a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab, I’ve had lots of opportunities to give back to the disability community. Here are some other ways I give back.

I have started working as a board member for the Ronnie Sherrill Project. The project is looking to give members of the disabled community a sense of belonging by pairing community members with a individual affected by neuromuscular disease to foster friendships.

I have also been the head announcer and counselor for Vex robotics competitions and summer camps in North Carolina. These tournaments and camps give elementary and middle school students the chance to build a robot while learning engineering and teamwork skills. My work with Vex Robotics is a massive part of my identity.

Showing School Spirit

A way to show school spirit is through fellowship with peers. The students at Charlotte have a close bond and are united. I am involved with many organizations that have provided me with opportunities to meet new people. I am the assistant sports editor for the student-run newspaper on campus, The Niner Times. The paper has allowed me to know people from different backgrounds. We are constantly working with the student body to make their voices heard.

I am also a part of the Honors College, which has provided opportunities to serve the community. Working with the Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Second Harvest Food Bank has been eye-opening as you realize that people don’t have the necessities to survive.

As a student, I take pride in whatever is happening on campus, allowing us to eliminate the divides we see in the world. I am so glad that I decided to attend UNCC. I think that Charlotte has some great qualities and the people make the university what it is. The students are given opportunities to achieve great things while learning more about themselves as we do it. We have a responsibility to give back, and I am so thankful to attend a university that prides itself on helping meet the needs of local communities.

About Bryson Foster: Bryson is a Friend of Quantum and lives in North Carolina. He advocates and raises funds for the development of treatments for muscular dystrophy. He loves sports and cheers for his favorite basketball team, the North Carolina Tar Heels. Click here to learn more about Bryson.

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